So who will head up the New Year’s honours list? Speculation in the Wellington Beltway has centred on whether it will feature Winston Peters.
On one side there are those who contend his long career in politics culminating in his term as deputy Prime Minister should be recognised with a knighthood. Others ridicule the idea. There is, too, all that mysterious finanacial business involving the NZ First Foundation, which somehow bypassed the attention of the NZ First leader.
Besides, there is a school which contends politics runs so strongly in his blood he can’t resist thinking of a comeback. Continue reading “The prospect of Peters being dubbed Sir Winston is raised – but maybe he would rather plan another comeback”
We prefer our heroes untarnished. And few match the heroism of Winston Churchill. But a recent report in the Times reminds us of the inevitability of human frailty and the consequences of keeping it under wraps.
During the second world war, Britain’s greatest single loss of life at sea was the sinking on 8 June 1940 of the aircraft carrier HMS Glorious and her escorting destroyers Ardent and Acasta as they returned home from a failed expedition to Norway. There were 40 survivors from 1,559 crewmen. Continue reading “Inglorious history can teach us about heroism”
The Queen’s Birthday Honours list further attests to our having a government that has a greater regard for sport than for science. Or does this reflect a societal indifference to science and scientists?
One measure of this is a press statement released by Megan Woods, Minister of Research, Science and Innovation.
She has congratulated Professor Charles Eason on his appointment to the Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit.
There are no other scientists to congratulate.
Professor Eason is an accomplished scientist, currently the Chief Executive of the Cawthron Institute.
“In 2017 he was awarded the Thomson Medal by Royal Society Te Apārangi for outstanding leadership in his research career and for his achievements as head of the Cawthron Institute,” Megan Woods said.
“Professor Eason’s science speciality is toxicology, particularly in relation to drugs and natural compounds. He has recently been involved in the development of new drugs derived from marine algae with European pharmaceutical companies. Continue reading “If you aspire to a place on the Honours List, we suggest you eschew science and take up sport”